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Shakespeare: The World As Stage
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Harpercollins
Publication date November 1, 2007
Pages 245
Binding Paperback
Edition Large print
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780061363917
ISBN-10 006136391X
Dimensions 0.75 by 5.75 by 9 in.
Weight 0.70 lbs.
Original list price $19.99
Other format details large print
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Summary
A portrait of the bard is presented in the style of a travelogue based on interviews with actors, the curator of Shakespeare's Birthplace, and academics, in an account that also shares the author's whimsical recollections of his own adventures in Stratford-upon-Avon. (Biography & Autobiography)
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William Shakespeare, the most celebrated poet in the English language, left behind nearly a million words of text, but his biography has long been a thicket of wild supposition arranged around scant facts. With a steady hand and his trademark wit, Bill Bryson sorts through this colorful muddle to reveal the man himself.

Bryson documents the efforts of earlier scholars, from today's most respected academics to eccentrics like Delia Bacon, an American who developed a firm but unsubstantiated conviction that her namesake, Francis Bacon, was the true author of Shakespeare's plays. Emulating the style of his famous travelogues, Bryson records episodes in his research, including a visit to a basement room in Washington, D.C., where the world's largest collection of First Folios is housed.

Bryson celebrates Shakespeare as a writer of unimaginable talent and enormous inventiveness. His Shakespeare is like no one else's–the beneficiary of  Bryson's genial nature, his engaging skepticism, and a gift for storytelling unrivalled in our time.



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Hardcover
Book cover for 9780060740221
 
from Eminent Lives (November 1, 2007)
9780060740221 | details & prices | 199 pages | 5.75 × 8.50 × 0.75 in. | 0.78 lbs | List price $19.95
About: A portrait of the Bard is presented in the style of a travelogue based on interviews with actors, the curator of Shakespeare's birthplace, and academics, in an account that also shares the author's recollections of his own adventures in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Paperback
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Reissue edition from Perennial (April 26, 2016)
9780062564627 | details & prices | 199 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.35 lbs | List price $13.99
About: Bill Bryson’s bestselling biography of William Shakespeare takes the reader on an enthralling tour through Elizabethan England and the eccentricities of Shakespearean scholarship—updated with a new introduction by the author to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s deathWilliam Shakespeare, the most celebrated poet in the English language, left behind nearly a million words of text, but his biography has long been a thicket of wild supposition arranged around scant facts.
Reprint edition from Perennial (November 1, 2008)
9780061673696 | details & prices | 197 pages | 5.25 × 8.00 × 0.50 in. | 0.36 lbs | List price $13.99
About: William Shakespeare, the most celebrated poet in the English language, left behind nearly a million words of text, but his biography has long been a thicket of wild supposition arranged around scant facts.
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Large print edition from Harpercollins (November 1, 2007)
9780061363917 | details & prices | 245 pages | 5.75 × 9.00 × 0.75 in. | 0.70 lbs | List price $19.99
About: A portrait of the bard is presented in the style of a travelogue based on interviews with actors, the curator of Shakespeare's Birthplace, and academics, in an account that also shares the author's whimsical recollections of his own adventures in Stratford-upon-Avon.

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